The curious case of David De Gea rages on as Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal confirms his Spanish goalkeeper will not be selected for the match day squad facing Aston Villa this Friday.
In what has been the worst kept secret in football in that Real Madrid wish to sign the United stopper, it is believed that De Gea said his farewells to his United team mates back in May – as well as put his £3m house up for sale.
Almost four months down the line and with De Gea still training with Manchester United, everybody wants to know just what the hell is going on?
Unlike his Spanish counterpart and United’s other troubled goalkeeper Victor Valdes, De Gea has remained silent.
For those who are unaware of the Valdes situation – he refused to play in a number of reserve fixtures for the club despite being instructed by Van Gaal to do so; therefore is being sold.
A small outburst from the former Barcelona keeper Valdes on social media did not help his cause, leading him to ultimately be stripped of his squad number and his official Manchester United match day suit.
An embarrassing situation for all involved.
Valdes is expected to move to leave Old Trafford in the not so distant future, with Turkey being mentioned – a popular destination for ex United stars to go for an retirement it seems.
De Gea has said nothing and done nothing.
Initially this looked like a respectful stance to take; keeping quiet so the fans who adore him will not turn on him.
However the longer it goes on without any resolution, the less patient the United fans will be – not to mention the Real Madrid supporters.
Where does De Gea want to play his football this season? Why haven’t the two most powerful football clubs on the planet been able to come to an arrangement?
Keeping in mind that recent history has seen multi-million pound deals for the likes of David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di maria happen involving both parties – so what is it about De Gea that is proving a hurdle?
New acquisition Sergio Romero performed well on his debut against Spurs and is likely to start at Villa Park.
Nobody is certain if Romero is the long-term solution, but if you journey back three years – nobody was certain who to select out of a very weak and skinny De Gea or Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard.
Goalkeepers take time to adjust and Romero, if given the gloves on a permanent basis, deserves just that.
Whilst the vultures began to circle De Gea ahead of the new season, he should be grateful to his former United teammate Angel Di Maria – who in the strangest of circumstance decided to leave Old Trafford for Ligue 1 football.
Not many world superstars go to play in France; it is usually full of people trying to escape.
Referred to as a ‘snake’, ‘spineless’ and a ‘bottler’ – Di Maria has enraged the United faithful so much that focus had all but shifted from De Gea for a few weeks.
With Di Maria now out of the lives of those who once loved him – attention fully goes back to young David.
If Madrid are not offering a high enough amount for a transfer, it appears he may well sit in the stands for a year.
Surely if his head ‘isn’t right’ at this moment – what makes anybody involved think it will be right when the transfer window closes. It only opens again in January.
This fiasco needs to finish.